Claudia Kaercher

Founder & President

Claudia DeLeon Guerrero Fajardo Kaercher is of Chamorro-Filipino descent from the Mariana Archipelago in Micronesia, a region in the Western Pacific. She has lived in Saipan, Guam, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) island states of Chuuk,  and Honolulu, Hawai'i, and has graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Tumon, Guam.

As an Arizona resident for over 35 years, Claudia has been an active and positive contributor to her Pacific Islander community. She founded the nonprofit Island Liaision to be a resource for providing awareness of locally available agencies, services, & educational opportunities to Pacific Islanders with focus on people from the region of Micronesia, the Independent Island nations of the Freely Associated States (FAS) of Micronesia, ie. RMI, FSM, & the Republic of Palau. She also advocates for education and awareness of islanders and their COFA status to policy makers and health agencies.

Claudia is a member of Lau Kanaka no Hawai'i Hawaiian Civic Club of AZ, The Phoenix Chinese American Citizen's Alliance (CACA), and Mountain Park Health Center (MPHC) Gateway & Tempe Diversity Site Council. In addition, she serves on the Board for Japanese American Citizen's League (JACL) AZ, the City of Phoenix Police Chief's Advisory, and provides community outreach for ASU Asian Pacific American Studies program, and the Asian Pacific Advocacy, Culture, and Education (APACE) Academy. She is a past commissioner for the City of PHX Pacific Rim Advisory Council (PRAC), past board member of Asian Chamber of Commerce, AZ, past member for former Gov. Janet Napolitano's Asian-American Advisory Council, and served five years with Mrs. Cindy McCain, founder of the American Voluntary Medical Team (AVMT). As part of the 2010 US Census, she was a Partnership Assistant for the Pacific Islander in Arizona and upon need assisted the state of Nevada among several other efforts she's accomplished.

Claudia has been recognized as the recipient of the ASU "2015 Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion" award and the AZ Aloha' Festival's "2011 Kokua" award for fostering better understanding of Pacific Islanders.